Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of the New America Foundation and the Bert G. Kerstetter 66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the director of Policy Planning for the Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the dean of Princetons Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School. She has written or edited six books, including A New World Order and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Project Syndicate. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
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A speech and then interview with Nina Easton.
Though I have been harshly critical of Obamas policy toward Syria for two and a half years, his new strategy reflects a mature and coherent foreign policy albeit one that does not fully live up to his proclaimed values.
We are using force not to win outright in a way that leaves us responsible for an ensuing peace, but rather as a thumb on the scale to buy time and create space for the soldiers and citizens who must ultimately win both the war and the peace.
As long as we allow the Syrian government to continue perpetrating the worst campaign of crimes against humanity since Rwanda, support for ISIS will continue.